US starts Gold Cup with 2-0 win over Canada

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After looking overmatched against Spain’s smooth passing, the Americans didn’t allow Canada any good chances inside the penalty area until Simeon Jackson dribbled past Ream and Bocanegra in the 57th minute. Ream was able to recover in time to prevent Jackson from getting a shot through to the goal.

Dempsey nearly made a spectacular play at the other end in the second half, back-heeling the ball while diving forward horizontally after Hirschfeld deflected a cross. The ball went out of bounds for a corner kick.

“I don’t know what you would call that,” Dempsey said. “Maybe a squirrel kick.”

Dempsey’s goal came not too long after that, and the Americans held on.

Notes: Freddy Adu was not one of the 18 active players for the U.S. … Michael Bradley received a yellow card in the 51st minute when he tangled with Canada’s Dwayne De Rosario as the Canadians were trying to set up a free kick. William Johnson of Canada was booked the following minute when he fouled Jermaine Jones from behind while the American was making a nice run through the midfield. … Attendance was announced at 28,209. Toward the end of the first half, an American fan club behind one of the goals began chanting “We can’t hear you!” at a smaller group of Canadian fans at the opposite end. … There were visible marks on the temporary grass surface at Ford Field by the end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, which included two Group C matches. The other was between Panama and Guadeloupe. Bradley was hopeful more progress can be made with playing surfaces at indoor facilities like this one. “Hopefully there’s technology, there’s better ways to do it, because it’s tough on the players,” he said.

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